THE playoff cast in the 2023 Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Pre-Season Championship is now complete.
Ateneo slammed the door on Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-13, 25-20, 25-16, to book its seat in the next round at the Rizal Coliseum over the weekend.
All but one player scored for the Lady Eagles, who finished with a 2-1 win-loss record in Pool D.
Still smarting from a sorry setback to Pool D leader Far Eastern University where it wasted a two-set lead, Ateneo played better and needed only 79 minutes to frustrate EAC.
Faye Sophia Nisperos, sister of former Ateneo star spiker Faith, displayed superb game with seven points on seven attacks to lead the Lady Eagles’ balanced barrage.
Sophia Beatriz Buena, Jennifer Delos Santos and AC Miner contributed six points each and Lyann De Guzman added five points for the Katipunan-based team of new head coach Sergio Veloso.
“It’s a big win but the most important is for our players trying to play within the system. It’s a new system where the players have to follow and they’re playing well within the system so far,” said Veloso, also the mentor of the Philippine men’s volleyball team.
“That’s the most important. Now is the time to improve. We have an opportunity to play more.”
Ateneo joined the new Pool E with Pool A top seed National U, Pool B No. 2 Arellano and Pool C No. 1 UST for the carryover playoffs of the 16-team SSL backed by Mikasa, Eurotel, Victory Liner, Summit Bottle Water, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken, R and B Milk Tea, Potato Corner, Rebel Sports, Converge ICT Solutions, Genius Sports and United Auctioneers, Inc.
In the other game, Adamson needed only 67 minutes to trounce San Beda U, 25-14, 25-10, 25-17 for a Pool B wipeout with a 3-0 card.
Rookie spiker Princess Aljibe fired 10 points to show the way for the Lady Falcons, who also manufactured eight points each courtesy of Jean Jamili and Jen Villegas.
Ayesha Juegos and Red Bascona added seven apiece for Adamson, which will be in the new Pool F with Pool A No. 2 UE, Pool C No. 2 College of St. Benilde and Pool D No. 1 Far Eastern University.
“Unang-una, we thank the Lord na na-sweep namin ang eliminations. Mas magpe-prepare pa kami sa playoffs kasi mas malalakas na kalaban,” said coach JP Yude.